Senate Summons NSA, AGF Over New Law Establishing Armed Vigilante Group In Kogi
The Nigerian Senate has ordered its Committee on Security, Intelligence and Judiciary to immediately open investigation into an alleged law passed by Kogi State establishing “Vigilante Service Group”.
Senate resolution follows a motion from Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West.
Coming on Order 42(1), drew Senate attention to what he describes as plan by Kogi State Government to introduce “State Police”, through the backdoor.
“Mr President, this morning I bring to the Senate, a law passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and signed into law by the Governor of Kogi State, Melaye said.
The lawmaker presented copy of the law to the Senate; arguing strongly that the provisions are in conflict with the 1999 Constitution.
He argued further that the law alters the functions of Nigeria Police as stipulated in Section 214 of the Constitution of Nigeria.
“Mr President, it is a fact that states can make laws through the Houses of Assembly as enshrined in Section 4 of the Constitution of Nigeria. But the laws they would make must not be in conflict with the provision of the Constitution, he said.
In the new law, the Vigilante Groups are permitted to carry arms and assist other security agencies in detection and prevention of crimes.
Melaye informed Senate that the Vigilante Group is allegedly carrying out extra-judicial killings in Kogi, warning that the situation could worsen if not disbanded on time.
“There is record of killings in Okene, record of killing in Adavi, record of killing in Lokoja. This group is already carrying AK 47 and Pump Action riffles openly in Kogi, “he said.
Senate in its ruling asked its Committees on National Security, Intelligence and Judiciary to look into the matter and invite the NSA and the AGF.